Thursday September 27th
Designing for Impact III: Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office announced that the Design for Impact III Workshop, is to be held on Thursday, September 27th at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering (workshop) and in California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CaliT2) (evening reception). You can view the agenda here.
The Designing for Impact Workshop III will acquaint U.S. manufacturing stakeholders with the principles and concepts motivating this public-private national initiative, as proposed in President Obama's budget for Fiscal Year 2013, and will provide a forum for public discussion of this new initiative. Most of the workshop will be devoted to interactive sessions designed to solicit ideas on how to best structure the NNMI and its regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs).
The Designing for Impact Workshop series is organized by the federal inter-agency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), in cooperation with stakeholders and local organizations. AMNPO partner agencies include the Department of Commerce and its National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Labor, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Science Foundation (NSF). Local hosts and co-organizers for this Designing for Impact III event include the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) and University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Conceived to address strategic gaps in the U.S. innovation system, the NNMI will be a network of up to 15 regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs)—that will connect research discoveries and ideas for new technologies and products with current U.S. manufacturers as well as with the start-up firms of tomorrow. Regional collaborations will bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and states to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications and to support education and training of an advanced manufacturing workforce.
The President has requested $1 billion in one-time funding to build the NNMI. The federal investment would be matched by funding from the private sector and state and local government organizations. The interactive discussion sessions will focus on four topics key to the success of individual IMIs and the NNMI: 1) Technologies with Broad Impact, 2) Institute Structure and Governance, 3) Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations, and 4) Education and Workforce Development.
Input gathered during this and other Designing for Impact workshops, and received in response to the Request for Information (RFI) that was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2012, will help to shape the vision, goals, and organization of the IMIs and the entire network.
Who Should Attend
The NNMI is a collaborative effort to improve the U.S. manufacturing sector's competitiveness and innovation performance. It requires participation by small, medium-sized, and large manufacturers, universities and community colleges, state and local governments, economic development organizations, and other stakeholders. Broad participation by these various sectors is essential to identifying the most important matters in shaping the Institutes and the network.
A separate evening reception is being offered by UC Irvine on Thursday, September 27, 2012, beginning at 6:00 PM Pacific time. The reception is not part of the workshop and will be on the UC Irvine campus at 4100 Calit2 Building, Irvine, CA 92617. Shuttle service will be provided by UC Irvine from the Beckman Center to Calit2, and Calit2 back to the Radison, for workshop attendees wishing to participate. Contact Calit2 at 949-824-6900 for further information.
September 25th-September 26th
Advanced Manufacturing Expo
AmExpo 2012, co-located with the AmCon Design and Contract Manufacturing Expo and Shop Metalworking Technology’s INSIGHTS 2012 Conference, offers industry professionals the opportunity to compare advanced technology solutions from both capital equipment and service suppliers alongside contract manufacturing providers. More than 100 exhibiting companies will be showcasing their latest technologies, processes and machinery for 2 days at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. AmExpo will attract buyers and sellers from across North America. For more information visit amexpo.ca
September 25th-September 26th
TCT Live 2012
TCT (Time Compression Technology) Live is the event for additive manufacturing, 3d printing & product development and the forum for everyone involved in the concept, design, specification and manufacturing process to learn about the latest in Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing and other cutting edge product development software and technology. Adopting these technologies is of critical importance for companies wishing to stay ahead of their competitors. Over 5,000 visitors attended the 2011 edition highlighting the excitement and interest there is currently around 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.
TCT Live is breaking the mould for engineering events — offering live technology experience coupled with a huge range of FREE live educational seminars, FREE parking and FREE visitor Wi-Fi. This powerful combination ensures that It is an essential part of any engineering and manufacturing organisation’s calendar. For more information, please visit TCTShow.com.
INSIGHTS 2012 Conference
INSIGHTS 2012, the conference that promises to bring you the tools, the technologies and new manufacturing know-how to better position your operation and your company in today’s competitive economy. INSIGHTS 2012 will feature three concurrent conference streams on machining technologies, fabricating technologies and management issues impacting the metal product manufacturing industry today. You can chose presentations from different streams. INSIGHTS 2012 is presented by Shop Metalworking Technology, Canada’s new source for metal product manufacturing. Just click here for registration and select the presentations you want to attend. For more information visit shopmtinsights.ca
September 19th-September 21st
iCAT 2012 Conference
The International Conference on Additive Technologies is aimed at the newest development in the fields of Rapid Prototyping, Tooling and Manufacturing. iCAT 2012 conference will be organized that will once again bring together experts, researchers, experienced users, and newcomers, from the additive manufacturing field. iCAT 2012 special topics will include Design expanding creativity with Additive Technologies,and Medical Applications within the framework of Additive Technologies.
August 5th-August 9th
SIGGRAPH 2012 Conference & Exhibition
Now in its 39th year, the SIGGRAPH conference is the premier international event on computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2012 is expected to draw more than 20,000 professionals from five continents to Los Angeles, California.
The SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. SIGGRAPH is widely recognized as the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research.
In addition to SIGGRAPH's leading-edge technical program, the conference's installations provide close-up views of the latest in digital art, emerging technologies, and hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration.
The conference also hosts the international SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, showcasing works from the world's most innovative and accomplished digital film and video creators. Juried and curated content includes outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts. Since 1999, the festival has been an official qualifying event for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Animated Short Film award. For more information please visit s2012.siggraph.org.
July 30th-August 2nd
RapidTech 2012, Orange County, CA
The 8th annual national teacher’s training workshop will feature numerous hands-on sessions related to additive manufacturing, reverse engineering, silicone mold making, hydro-printing, swirl dipping, and other interesting technologies. This informative event will provide you with several ideas that can be used in your design, art, or advance manufacturing technology programs or curriculums. For more information download Save The Date!
As of June 25 we have 50 attendees and at this time we cannot confirm additional attendee requests, however, we will add new names to our “wait list”. Please contact Michelle Deyo at
to request further information or to be added to the “wait list”. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. Download the registration form here.
RapidTechHS 2012 Student Design Competition
RapidTechHS 2012 Student Design Competition was conceived in late 2011 by representatives from CTEp and RapidTech and was a natural progression in this long standing, mutually beneficial relationship to promote additive manufacturing education at the high school level. The intent was to make this an annual competition with final judging to take place at a national private industry event where students and faculty could network with potential future employers. The primary goal is to develop a competitive environment that would inspire Orange County high school students to merge their artistic, engineering, and CAD skills with state-of-art 3D printing technology. For more information click here.
Monday - June 18, 2012
3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping Seminar, Ventura Beach, CA.
Sponsored by Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Physical models are the most important tools in developing a product. Too often the task of building those prototypes can be a challenge unto itself, distracting you from your original technology development mission. Advances in 3D printing and other rapid prototyping technologies (i.e., PolyJet™ high precision 3D printing, Stereolithography (SLA) models and patterns, HDSL (High Definition Stereolithography), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Digital Manufacturing, CNC models and patterns) provides the inventor or specialized manufacturer with the tools and knowledge needed to rapidly advance prototype development today. For more information please click here.
Amerimold 2012, Novi, MI
This event will combine an exhibit hall, technical conference and networking events aimed at connecting the leaders in tool and mold making, molding and additive technologies. For more information visit AmerimoldExpo.com
Rapid 2012, Atlanta, GA
An SME sponsored industry conference and exposition known as a place to learn the basics as well as explore the newest technologies and materials in additive manufacturing in combination with 3D imaging. This is the largest industry forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest developments, trends and techniques specific to additive manufacturing, rapid technologies, 3D printing and 3D imaging. For more information visit Rapid.SME.org
AMUG 2012, Costa Mesa, CA
This event is open to all owners/operators of additive manufacturing equipment. The annual event features an exhibition as well as a technical conference where industry leaders present fresh ideas and cost-effective solutions for additive manufacturing and 3D printing. RapidTech will present three hands-on workshops. For more information visit AdditiveManufacturingUsersGroup.com
RapidTech Open House, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
A tour of the RapidTech labs on the UCI campus will provide insight into the group’s technical capabilities. Demonstrations of reverse engineering, silicone mold-making, and 3D printing will be provided. For more information click here.
League for Innovation, Innovations 2012, Philadelphia, PA
Innovations 2012 is the premier event for professionals dedicated to improving organizational teaching and learning, and discovering new approaches for enhancing the community college experience. The conference provides a tremendous forum for collaboration among academic experts and leading community college professionals, while granting participants exclusive access to the most inventive and thought-provoking programs from around the world. For more information visit League.org
National Visiting Committee Meeting, Irvine, CA
Meeting of National Visiting Committee members. Will review year–to-date performance and plans for the balance of the RapidTech National Center grant’s first year.